[ntp:questions] drift file set to -500

Tom Smith smith at cag.zko.hp.com
Wed Nov 28 13:39:49 UTC 2007

Hal Murray wrote:
>> Restart ntpd after deleting the drift file.
> I think some version of ndpd used to write out the drift file
> when it exited.  (Maybe I'm dreaming and that was just a
> suggestion for purposes of discussion.)
> So I would do
>   stop ntpd
>   delete the drift file
>   start ntpd
> Then you know it got deleted.
> An alternative would be
>   delete drift file
>   restart ntpd
>   check to make sure drift file is not there

Yes. And one missing step:

After stopping ntpd, "ntpdate -b [server]".

The single most common cause of a large negative drift value
is a system whose clock has not been initialized before starting
ntpd (or has been stopped during a large time adjustment).


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